Ivan, Katrina and Isaac are names the children in our family know well. Those names – and the hurricanes they represent – gave our children firsthand experience with FEMA (America’s Federal Emergency Management Agency) and natural disasters.
It’s likely that your children have also been affected by a natural disaster. This week, children in the Eastern United States are familiar with Hurricane Sandy. All children have certainly heard of a natural disaster – it seems they are happening more and more frequently. FEMA and Sesame Street created a sites dedicated to educating children about disaster preparation.
At the FEMA site, your elementary – middle school child (that’s my opinion – feel free to try it with other ages!) can work through four steps to graduate from Readiness U. Visit FEMA’s free disaster preparedness lessons for kids for more.
At the Sesame Street site, your preschool-kindergarteners will learn how to get ready for an emergency alongside you. Visit Sesame Street’s Let’s Get Ready! for free disaster lessons and videos for preschoolers and lower elementary aged kids.